Subverting the Stamp Act

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Benjamin Franklin’s partner decided to subvert the Stamp Act, in the fall of 1765, when he published news without the Pennsylvania Gazette’s masthead.  This image depicts the “news” which David Hall published on November 7, 1765.

The Library of Congress, which maintains this document, tells us more:

Subverting the Stamp Act

On October 31, 1765, the publishers announced the suspension of the Pennsylvania Gazette in protest of the provisions of the Stamp Act, which required that newspapers be printed on imported, stamped paper that required payment of a duty.  Between November 7 and December 26, Franklin's partner David Hall issued news sheets on unstamped paper without a masthead, thus avoiding legal repercussions while satisfying the subscribers.

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Image online, courtesy Library of Congress.




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